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New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations
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New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations

The lawsuit says that Google, the top tech brand in public schools, used its educational products to spy on students.

China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread
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China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread

The Chinese government is working with technology companies to monitor citizens and track confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus.

Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses
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Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses

In recent years, ransomware attacks have crippled computer networks and extorted money to restore access to users.

Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content
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Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

The U.K. has introduced a plan to give the country's media regulator Ofcom new responsibilities for monitoring Internet content.

Mac Software Threats Climbed 400% in 2019, More Than Microsoft Windows, Report Says
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Mac Software Threats Climbed 400% in 2019, More Than Microsoft Windows, Report Says

A report from cybersecurity company Malwarebytes concluded that Mac computers are more vulnerable to software threats than Microsoft Windows systems.

Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks
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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future report that eight of the top 10 software flaws most commonly exploited last year were associated with Microsoft...

Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs
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Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs

More than half of African countries are developing some form of biometric or digital national identification (ID).

Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit
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Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook has agreed to play $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois.

Making the Internet Civil Again
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Making the Internet Civil Again

Researchers are exploring ways to improve discourse in online discussion groups and social media sites.

Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images
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Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images

Jigsaw has released a free tool, designed to help journalists identify doctored photos, including those generated through the use of artificial intelligence. 

The Secret History of Facial Recognition
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The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper's son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished.

Critical Flaw Demonstrated in Common Digital Security Algorithm
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Critical Flaw Demonstrated in Common Digital Security Algorithm

Researchers have demonstrated a security flaw in the widely used SHA-1 security algorithm that would allow bad actors to fake files and the information within them...

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw
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Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel said it will release yet another patch for a microarchitectural data sampling vulnerability that allows hackers to fool microprocessors into exposing protected...

Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!
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Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!

A new open source computer program can advise users to prevent the mixture of incompatible chemicals.

Foiling IoT Hackers
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Foiling IoT Hackers

Cybersecurity specialists are working to head off hackers trying to use the Internet of Things as their gateway into smart homes.

California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System
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California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System

California secretary of state Alex Padilla has approved Los Angeles County's new computerized voting system, but is demanding modifications to address security...

SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk
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SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk

Researchers at Princeton University have found that two-factor authentication is easily hackable and could put millions of people at risk.

Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test
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Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test

A local election in the Seattle area is serving as a test of a mobile-voting system.

Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database
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Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database

Five servers storing customer support analytics were accidentally exposed online in December 2019.
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